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Monthly Archive for August, 2013

Even though the British invented the low-profile over-under shotgun (Boss & Co,. 1909), it was the Italians made them affordable enough for a mass market. Beretta started down this path in 1935 when they started selling their SO-series sidelock O/Us. They followed this effort up in 1949 with a more affordable boxlock version – the […]

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I’ve written about these great little doubles a number of time before. They’re such great shotguns that very time I see one I feel obligated to let people know. Back in 1949, Beretta introduced a line of O/Us that would become legends. The ASs were boxlock O/Us and Beretta built them as lightweight hunting guns. […]

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The little Beretta O/U was in the rack behind the knife counter, at attention with a few 20gs just like it,  some 12gs, and rifles with shining, stainless-steel bolts. It was a 686 Onyx with a straight stock. After my first dozen visits, the guys in the shop set it on the counter as soon […]

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Old gun cases fascinate me as much as old firearms. The dings in the leather, the name embossed on the lid, the oil and powder stains in the baize lining, and the musty smell when you first lift the lid — that’s the tease before you get to the main show of the gun itself. […]

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I’m back! Thanks for bearing with me while I’ve been away. Work & life have been hectic lately – big projects & tight deadlines in the office, plus my wife and I just bought a house. But things are calming down now, so I have time for this… King Carol II of Romania was not […]

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I know I said I would be away for a few days, but I had to post this .410 O/U when I saw it pop up today. SigArms shotguns are nice doubles, and with 29″ bbls, almost all it’s original finish, and very fair price ($1,600) this one looks like a great deal. Get on […]

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Please stay tuned….

I’ll be away for a few days, working on a couple other projects and trying to catch up at the office. Please check back next Monday for new posts. Thanks – and I hope you’re enjoying the summer. -Gregg

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Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions in Irvine, CA, is having a big gun auction this weekend, starting tomorrow, 8/3 @ 10am, Pacific. There are a lot of shotguns coming up. Here are a few of the doubles that caught my eye: John Krider, Phila. 8 Ga. Perc. Market Shotgun: Philadelphia made 8 Ga. Percussion Double […]

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Browning’s Superposeds O/Us are one of America’s classic shotguns — even though they were made in Europe. From grouse in Pennsylvania to ducks in the Oregon, millions of birds have fallen to them, and millions of memorable days have ended with an proud owner oiling and admiring his prized Superposed. While the Superposed was never […]

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